Victor Valdes raves about 'incredible' Manchester United fans after making debut

Victor Valdes

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes finally made his debut on Sunday.

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has praised the club's fans during an interview with their official website having made his debut against Arsenal on Sunday.

United faced Arsenal in their final game at Old Trafford this season yesterday, and were held to a 1-1 draw as Tyler Blackett's late own goal cancelled out Ander Herrera's first half opener.

In a game which had an end-of-season feel to it, United fans saw Spaniard Valdes make his debut for the club, coming on as a second half substitute for compatriot David de Gea.

Valdes, 33, joined Untied as a free agent in January having spend six months without a club, with his Barcelona contract ending almost a year ago.

Valdes spent the first half of the season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, and despite arriving in England at the turn of the year, he still hadn't played a first team game under Louis van Gaal before yesterday.

On Sunday though, Valdes finally pulled on a United shirt in the Premier League, playing the final 16 minutes of the match against Arsenal.

Now, Valdes has told the Manchester United official website that the club's fans were 'incredible' in welcoming him onto the pitch, adding that he has enjoyed his time at the club so far.

"It felt very good," he said. "David asked to come off very quickly and the next thing I knew I was on the pitch. It was a great feeling to be on the pitch at Old Trafford, the fans welcomed me very well and for that reason I am happy."

"I wasn't happy with the result because it wasn't a good one for us. It was a lucky goal for them, but I'm happy I made my debut. It was all very quick: David came off and I didn't know what was happening, but then someone said 'Victor, get in there'".

"It's been a good few months; my team-mates have treated me well here. The coach has also treated me well. The truth is that it has all been good. We have an incredible group of fans – to come on and be welcomed like that is incredible for a footballer," he added.

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